Bicycling http://kut.org en B-cycle, Austin's Bike Share Program, Rolls Out Saturday http://kut.org/post/b-cycle-austins-bike-share-program-rolls-out-saturday <p><strong><em>Editor's note</em></strong><em>:&nbsp;KUT&nbsp;is one of 13 founding sponsors of the Austin B-cycle program.</em></p><p>Austin's long-awaited bike share program kicks off tomorrow.</p><p>It's called <a href="https://austin.bcycle.com/home/">B-cycle</a>, and its inauguration will be small. Only 11 kiosks will be open around the downtown area when the program starts Saturday. That number is expected to grow to 40 by the spring.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 17:06:38 +0000 Joy Diaz 9414 at http://kut.org B-cycle, Austin's Bike Share Program, Rolls Out Saturday Austin Bike Share Hits the Road in December http://kut.org/post/austin-bike-share-hits-road-december <p><em><strong>Disclaimer: </strong>KUT/KUTX is a sponsor of &nbsp;Austin B-cycle.</em></p><p>The wait is over: Austinites will have a new way to beat downtown traffic come December 21.</p><p><a href="https://austin.bcycle.com/">Austin B-cycle</a> is launching Austin’s first ever bike sharing program. There will be&nbsp;<a href="https://austin.bcycle.com/station-locations/">11 stations</a>&nbsp;located throughout downtown and south central Austin. Participants will be able to visit a station, rent a bike, ride it and return it to any station.</p><p>There’s three tiers of pricing:</p><ul><li>Day pass: $8. Bikes are free to rent for their first half hour, with a $4 charge for each additional half hour.</li><li>Seven day pass: $25</li><li>Annual membership: $80 Wed, 13 Nov 2013 20:42:19 +0000 Roy Varney 9176 at http://kut.org Austin Bike Share Hits the Road in December This Busy Strip of Guadalupe Street is Getting a Protected Bike Lane (Update) http://kut.org/post/busy-strip-guadalupe-street-getting-protected-bike-lane-update <p><strong>Update</strong>: While it was being used as soon as the concrete dried, today marks the official opening of the city&rsquo;s latest &ldquo;cycle track&rdquo; &ndash; a protected stretch of bike lane on Guadalupe Street from MLK Jr. Boulevard to 24th Street.</p><p>&ldquo;Street ambassadors&rdquo; including representatives from Capital Metro and the police department will be present along the track to educate the public. They are located in front of the <a href="http://goo.gl/maps/R85Es">University Co-op</a> today, and will reappear there on Monday. Oct. 21.</p><p>Non-profit Bike Austin has also launched an awareness campaign about the track. You can <a href="http://bikeaustin.org/education/changing-lanes-austins-cycle-tracks/">learn more about it here</a>, and see a diagram of the cycle track below.</p><p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 18:01:33 +0000 Sebastian Herrera 8519 at http://kut.org This Busy Strip of Guadalupe Street is Getting a Protected Bike Lane (Update) What Do You Think About Austin Bike Lanes? This Survey Wants to Know http://kut.org/post/what-do-you-think-about-austin-bike-lanes-survey-wants-know <p>How do Austinites feel about the city’s bike lanes and bike traffic? The&nbsp;<a href="http://otrec.us/project/583">Neighborhood Street Study</a>&nbsp;aims to answer this broad question by focusing on two Austin bicycling areas located around <a href="http://goo.gl/maps/Dh2dc">Bluebonnet Lane</a> and <a href="http://goo.gl/maps/RPJzm">Barton Springs Road</a>.</p><p>Researchers from Portland State University and the&nbsp;Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium&nbsp;have been commissioned by the <a href="http://greenlaneproject.org/">Green Lane Project</a>&nbsp;to conduct the Austin survey.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 20:44:44 +0000 Roy Varney 8518 at http://kut.org What Do You Think About Austin Bike Lanes? This Survey Wants to Know You Can Bike on Austin Highways (And Yes, It’s a Horrible Idea) http://kut.org/post/you-can-bike-austin-highways-and-yes-it-s-horrible-idea <p><strong>Update</strong>: A sprawling discussion <a href="http://redd.it/1jg5pv">on the Austin page of&nbsp;Reddit</a>&nbsp;- prompted by <a href="http://i.imgur.com/HGAlkwx.jpg">a photo</a> of bicyclists on I-35 - has renewed interest in this topic. Read on for more details.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Original story </strong>(April 3, 2013): Despite general public perception – and all standards of common sense – it’s actually legal to ride bicycles on the state highway.</p><p>Recently, users on the Austin page of Reddit <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/Austin/comments/1b8oy4/so_these_guys_were_on_mopac_yesterday_and_moving/">got into a heated discussion</a> about the legality of riding a bike on Mopac, when one user posted <a href="http://imgur.com/MrhMDei">a photo</a> of a couple people doing just that.</p><p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 17:50:32 +0000 Bobby Blanchard 7171 at http://kut.org You Can Bike on Austin Highways (And Yes, It’s a Horrible Idea) Where Should Austin Bike Share Go? Have Your Say With This Interactive Map http://kut.org/post/where-should-austin-bike-share-go-have-your-say-interactive-map <p></p><p>With a launch planned for the end of the year, a bike share system is finally coming to Austin. And the city is pushing for public input for when the program rolls out at the end of this year.</p><p>Today, the city <a href="http://www.votebikeshareaustin.com/">launched an online tool</a> for citizens to suggest the best possible locations for rental kiosks. The Public Works department is also reaching out to Austin cyclists and stakeholders in public meetings.</p><p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 20:18:49 +0000 Hector Perez 8212 at http://kut.org Where Should Austin Bike Share Go? Have Your Say With This Interactive Map Video: Austin Celebrates National Bike to Work Day http://kut.org/post/video-austin-celebrates-national-bike-work-day <p><object height="254" width="451"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/RLKu6tCHN24?hl=en_US&amp;showinfo=0"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="254" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/RLKu6tCHN24?hl=en_US&amp;showinfo=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="451"></object></p><p>You may have noticed more bikes on Austin roads today. That’s because it’s the annual <a href="http://biketoworkaustin.org">Bike to Work Day</a> across the country.</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 17:49:12 +0000 Marissa Barnett & Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon 7780 at http://kut.org Video: Austin Celebrates National Bike to Work Day Austin's Bike-Sharing Program Delayed http://kut.org/post/austins-bike-sharing-program-delayed <p></p><p>Austin is full of bike lovers. But not everyone has the wheels with which to whip around town. Enter: bike sharing.&nbsp;</p><p>Just not yet.</p><p>Annick Beaudet of the Public Works department tells&nbsp;KUT News that the program has seen “complications,” and that a launch&nbsp;<a href="http://www.statesman.com/news/news/transportation/austin-gears-up-for-bike-sharing-system/nTtKs/">planned for this spring </a>– which would’ve coincided with May as National Bike Month – will be delayed.</p><p> Fri, 17 May 2013 13:59:26 +0000 Andrew Weber 7748 at http://kut.org Austin's Bike-Sharing Program Delayed Map Says Many Austinites Bike to Work, But Do They Feel Safe? http://kut.org/post/map-says-many-austinites-bike-work-do-they-feel-safe <p></p><p>It’s no secret that Austin is a biking city. And while cities around the country are gearing up for National Bike to Work Day, riding to work is nothing new for&nbsp;Austinites: according&nbsp;to Census data, people here commute by bike four times more often than the national average.&nbsp;</p><p>To prove it, the city released a map breaking down bike commuting by neighborhood. But while more people are pedaling to work, cyclists don't always feel safe on Austin roads.</p><p> Wed, 15 May 2013 19:16:01 +0000 Emily Donahue & Faith Daniel & Rachel Marino 7743 at http://kut.org Map Says Many Austinites Bike to Work, But Do They Feel Safe? Website Helps Austin Bicycle Commuters Find a 'Bike Buddy' http://kut.org/post/website-helps-austin-bicycle-commuters-find-bike-buddy <p>A new website supported by the City of Austin’s Public Works Department aims to connect experience bicycle commuters with those who want to give it a try.</p><p><a href="http://bike-buddy.open-austin.org/" target="_blank">The “Bike Buddy” website</a> features an interactive map to help cyclists find others who are biking in the same area as they are.</p> Fri, 03 May 2013 16:59:39 +0000 Laura Rice 7612 at http://kut.org Website Helps Austin Bicycle Commuters Find a 'Bike Buddy' 'Bike to UT Day' Kicks Off Bike Month Festivities http://kut.org/post/bike-ut-day-kicks-bike-month-festivities <p>In celebration of Bike Month, the University of Texas at Austin is hosting <a href="http://www.utexas.edu/parking/bike/day/">Bike to UT Day</a>.</p><p>Those biking to UT today can stop by one of the many Bike to UT Day kiosks throughout campus between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. to pick up a complimentary light breakfast. From noon until 3 p.m. today, Gregory Plaza will be celebrating with free pizza, t-shirts, tote bags, bike lights, maps and even a keg of root beer.</p><p> Wed, 01 May 2013 13:22:26 +0000 Austin Feldman 7571 at http://kut.org 'Bike to UT Day' Kicks Off Bike Month Festivities APD Launches Bike Safety Push http://kut.org/post/apd-launches-bike-safety-push <p>The Austin Police Department is launching the first phase of a bike safety initiative today.</p><p>As Austin’s bicycling community grows – <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/what-will-it-take-austin-become-bicycling-capital">two percent of commuters </a>are getting to work by bike – so does the need for increased education and awareness. Especially after a <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/city-investigation-aims-reduce-traffic-deaths">record year of traffic deaths</a>.</p><p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Austin Feldman 7563 at http://kut.org APD Launches Bike Safety Push What Will it Take for Austin to Become a Bicycling Capital? http://kut.org/post/what-will-it-take-austin-become-bicycling-capital <p>Austin is steadily&nbsp;pedaling&nbsp;its way to becoming one of the bike-friendliest cities in the country.</p><p>With more than two percent overall of Austinites biking to work – and in some parts more than eight percent – the city has surpassed commuter goals set in its bike master plan. (<a href="http://austintexas.gov/bicycle">The plan’s linked here</a>.)</p><p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 16:40:37 +0000 Joy Diaz 7555 at http://kut.org What Will it Take for Austin to Become a Bicycling Capital? Number of Vehicle/Pedestrian Crashes Rise While Rate Falls http://kut.org/post/number-vehiclepedestrian-crashes-rise-while-rate-falls <p>The City of Austin says the number of vehicle crashes involving bikes and pedestrians has gone up over recent years.</p><p>In 2012, there were a <a href="http://austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/files/Transportation/Memo%20to%20Mayor%20and%20Council%20from%20ATD%2C%20PWD%20and%20APD%20Regarding%20CIUR%20929%20%E2%80%93%20Interim%20Status%20Report%20on%20Traffic%20Fatalities.pdf" target="_blank">total of 78 fatal crashes</a> in Austin – a 42 percent increase from 2011. A third of those 78 crashes killed pedestrians. Three were fatal crashes involving bikes. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 13:00:50 +0000 Laura Rice 7496 at http://kut.org Number of Vehicle/Pedestrian Crashes Rise While Rate Falls Visiting UT by Bike? Register Your Ride http://kut.org/post/visiting-ut-bike-register-your-ride <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On any given day, thousands of bicyclists ride through and park their bikes at the congested UT Austin campus. Some people choose to ride their bikes because finding parking for a car when there are more than 50,000 students plus faculty and staff competing for limited space is tough - so tough in fact, that even some visitors choose to bike to campus. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But many are unaware of a new restriction on visiting cyclists.</span></p><p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 22:42:30 +0000 Joy Diaz 7047 at http://kut.org Visiting UT by Bike? Register Your Ride How Much Protection Do Texas Utilities Need From Lawsuits? http://kut.org/post/how-much-protection-do-texas-utilities-need-lawsuits <p>New legislation that’s been introduced in Austin is supposed to help build a lot more hike and bike trails. It would do that by using those long ribbons of green space called “rights of way”, what are now used by big, utility transmission lines. Wed, 06 Feb 2013 12:51:00 +0000 Dave Fehling 6476 at http://kut.org How Much Protection Do Texas Utilities Need From Lawsuits? Eastward Bound: Art Tour Takes Over Austin's East Side http://kut.org/post/eastward-bound-art-tour-takes-over-austins-east-side <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.eastaustinstudiotour.com/">East Austin Studio Tour</a> (EAST) returns this weekend.&nbsp; So grab a bicycle, some friends and (maybe) some cash, then head over to the east side to see work showcased by hundreds of Austin artists.</p><p>The tour runs Nov. 8-18, but is free and open to the public this weekend (Nov.&nbsp;10-11) and next (Nov.&nbsp;17-18), from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Since the tour will be taking place over <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/safety-first-city-unveils-public-safety-plans-f1-weekend">the crowded Formula 1 weekend</a>, it is possible the EAST tour may be a great recreation alternative for locals looking to avoid to the congestion and traffic the festival will bring in downtown.</p><p> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 23:04:47 +0000 Tyler Pratt 5596 at http://kut.org Eastward Bound: Art Tour Takes Over Austin's East Side Armstrong Doping Scandal: Some Cyclists 'Made The Right Choice' Not To Cheat http://kut.org/post/armstrong-doping-scandal-some-cyclists-made-right-choice-not-cheat Reactions to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's recently released report on cyclist Lance Armstrong's use of performance-enhancing drugs have ranged from denial to anger and disappointment. Some have said Armstrong merely did what it took to compete with pro racers, all of them chemically enhanced. Tue, 16 Oct 2012 11:46:38 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 5343 at http://kut.org Armstrong Doping Scandal: Some Cyclists 'Made The Right Choice' Not To Cheat Details of Armstrong's Alleged Doping Outlined in 202-Page Report http://kut.org/post/details-armstrongs-alleged-doping-outlined-202-page-report <p>The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has released <a href="http://velonews.competitor.com/files/2012/10/Reasoned-Decision.pdf" target="_blank">202-pages</a> of a report it is sending&nbsp; to other athletic and cycling governing bodies today, Wednesday, Oct. 10 about Lance Armstrong's alleged doping. The report details what USADA says it's uncovered about the Austin cyclist’s use of performance enhancing drugs.</p><p>Armstrong has denied doping but <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/lance-armstrong-says-he-wont-fight-doping-charges" target="_blank">stopped his legal fight</a> against the charges in August. The International Cycling Union (UCI) will make the <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/lance-armstrongs-seven-tour-de-france-titles-are-effectively-gone" target="_blank">ultimate decision</a> whether Armstrong will be banned from competition and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.</p><p>In a <a href="http://www.usada.org/cyclinginvestigationstatement.html" target="_blank">statement about the report</a>, USADA CEO Travis Tygart says the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team that Armstrong was a part of ran the “most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.” Wed, 10 Oct 2012 19:52:11 +0000 Laura Rice 5296 at http://kut.org Details of Armstrong's Alleged Doping Outlined in 202-Page Report Think Your Commute is Bad? Texas Cyclists Heading to Alaska and Back http://kut.org/post/think-your-commute-bad-texas-cyclists-heading-alaska-and-back <p>A group of students called&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texas4000.org/">Texas 4000</a>&nbsp;will embark tomorrow from Austin on the world&rsquo;s longest annual charity bike ride &ndash; all the way to Anchorage, Alaska.</p><p>Riders from the community can join the group on the first leg of their 4,687 mile journey this Saturday morning. They leave from Running Brushy Middle School in Cedar Park at 8 a.m. There are several other events leading up to the kick-off that provide opportunities for the community to interact with the riders.</p><p>This is the group&rsquo;s ninth year to make the ride. To date the organization has raised more than $3 million for the <a href="http://www.livestrong.org/">Livestrong&nbsp;Foundation</a>.</p><p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 16:15:28 +0000 Kelly Connelly 4378 at http://kut.org Think Your Commute is Bad? Texas Cyclists Heading to Alaska and Back